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David McNeely Stauffer Papers

Identifier: MS 019


This collection contains the personal papers and family history of David McNeely Stauffer who attended Franklin and Marshall College from 1861-1864. Items include personal diaries, engineering notebooks, artwork, personal papers, and family history. Specific items of note include Stauffer's 1862 diary of his experiences in the Civil War, his personal extra-illustrated copy of Joseph H. Dubbs' 1903 History of Franklin and Marshall College and an autograph album owned by ancestor Enricus Stauffer dated 1633-1636.


  • 1633-1936,
  • Majority of material found within 1875-1911


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication may be restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

David McNeely Stauffer was born on March 24, 1845 in Mount Joy (then Richmond), PA. He attended the Bell School there until his family moved to Lancaster where he continued his education at the Duke Street Secondary School. In September 1861, Stauffer entered Franklin and Marshall College. In September 1862, he left college to join the 2nd Pennsylvania Emergency Regiment serving until winter when he returned to school. In June 1863, he reentered the military joining the Independent Battery of Pennsylvania. After his enlistment expired in January 1864, Stauffer joined the Engineering Corps of the Columbia and Port DuPont Railroad. In February 1864, however, he reentered the military joining the navy as Masters Mate for Admiral David Porter. After the Civil War ended, Stauffer decided not to return to college. Instead. he returned to his job with the Columbia and Port DuPont Railroad to pursue a career in Civil Engineering. Work in this field allowed him the opportunity to work in several countries around the world, particularly Central America. In addition to his work as a Civil Engineer, Stauffer is noted for his work as an illustrator and copper and steel engraver. He designd bookplates for many prominent libraries and illustrated Joseph H. Dubbs' 1903 History of Franklin and Marshall College. Stauffer died in 1913.


1.5 Linear feet (3.5 boxes)

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Collection: Organized into folders corresponding to type of material: diary, notebook, artwork, etc.

Ownership and Custodial History

The collection was assembled from gifts and several other sources. The 1891 diary was donated to Franklin and Marshall in 1989. Additional material was donated in 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Sources unknown. Date of acquisition--pre-1952..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Frances F. Jones. Address--Princeton, NJ. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1989..

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Davy H. McCall. Address--Chestertown, MD. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1993..

Related Archival Materials

Stauffer Bookplate Collection (MS 28): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., Country--USA..

Related Archival Materials

David McNeely Stauffer Collection: Custodian--New York Public Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, New York, NY..

Related Archival Materials

Selected items from New York Public Library's Stauffer Collection available microfilmed as: David McNeely Stauffer Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC..

Related Archival Materials

Natural history papers and artwork of Stauffer's father Jacob Stauffer (1808-1880) available in: Linnaean Society of Lancaster, Pa. Records (MS 13), Archives and Special Collections, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa..

Processing Information

Processing completed c.1993.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States